Ashley Spencer

Coach David Alexander talks to the team after a loss in the state tournament last year.

The brains behind it all

September 12, 2016

Football season is here and the Friday night lights are back. Broken Arrow head coach David Alexander is no stranger to the big stage. Alexander has had years of experience as both a player and a coach including playing for the University of Tulsa, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets as well as coaching the Tulsa Talons arena football team and assistant coaching at Jenks before finally returning to where it all began in Broken Arrow as a running backs coach and eventually being promoted to head coach.

“I had a lot of great men as coaches in my life, and I wanted to impact kids the way I was impacted,” Alexander said.

Alexander took what he learned from his tenth grade coach, Coach Cast, his college head coach John Cooper, and his time spent on the Philadelphia Eagles under Buddy Ryan and applied those skills to his coaching style. Alexander played 10 seasons in the NFL and also started three seasons in college as well as his time in high school.

“I took things from every coach I was around. I studied the good and the bad, from that I built my own style,” Alexander said.

Coach Alexander is also known to be a lot of fun around the team. He demands the best out of every player on the field but off the field he likes to crack jokes and have fun with his team. Middle linebacker and BAHS senior Carder Key likes to mess around with Alexander including once making an on field bet with the coach.

“Coach A had to buy me a pineapple whip because he lost a bet,” Key said.

Key has been playing under Alexander for a few years now and knows what he expects. Alexander has a goal set for himself that is the basis for how he coaches the team.

“Well my goal is to push every player to be the best they can be (class, practice, family). Every players best is different, but everyone can play hard,” Alexander said.

Defensive coordinator Aaron Nowell has been working all offseason along with Alexander to prepare the defense for the new season. Nowell acknowledged Coach Alexander’s work ethic and drive to always better himself as a coach.

“I would describe Coach Alexander as an outstanding football mind. He knows the game inside and out yet constantly tries to learn even more,” Nowell said.

Coach Alexander works hard on his craft and is well respected by players and coaches. Broken Arrow’s football team is in the hands of a man who won’t stop on his climb to get the tigers to the top.

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